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'Oh Dustin' ... Hoffman publicly questioned on harassment claim

'Oh Dustin' ... Hoffman publicly questioned on harassment claim

"I'm not the moral arbiter of anything", Oliver said before quoting Hoffman's apology.

"I love the idea that you now don't just get to step out of the news cycle if you're someone famous, that there's no "safe space" from an uncomfortable conversation", said Hunter, a Los Angeles-based writer who had accused Hoffman of groping her and making inappropriate comments on the set of 1985's "Death of a Salesman" when she interned there at 17.

Hoffman replied incredulously: "It's hanging in the air?"

According to a report in The Washington Post, Oliver said that he was going to discuss the changing climate in the entertainment industry, where many powerful figures have faced precipitous consequences as accounts of their sexual misdeeds have been brought to light.

In a recent panel discussion with Rolling Stone for the upcoming 20th anniversary screening of the movie Wag The Dog, Late Night host John Oliver brought up the sexual harassment allegations surrounding Dustin Hoffman, pressuring him to speak on the subject. Hoffman maintained that he did nothing wrong.

"It's "not reflective of who I am" - it's that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off", Oliver said. Oliver responded, "It just feels like a dismissal or re-contextualizing is not actually addressing it".

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Last month, in an article written for The Hollywood Reporter, Hunter opened up about the episode, along with the notes she took as a teenager detailing what transpired on the sets in the fives weeks she was there.

The conversation grew increasingly angry as it wore on.

"You weren't there", Hoffman said to Oliver about the "Salesman" set. However, it seems that the actor either did not seem to understand the gravity of the situation or simply chose to remain dismissive of how deeply his actions had impacted a young person who would never be able to escape their consequences because, according to a report by CNN, Hoffman went on to say during the discussion that neither has he ever met Graham Hunt ("if I met her it was in concert with other people") nor does he know who she is. You've made the case better than anyone else can. The easy way is not to bring anything up. Despite the allegations made by Hunter and another woman, the actor had recently taken the podium at two Oscar-season events, the Governors Awards in Los Angeles and Gotham Awards in NY, with barely a ripple. "It's going to be very interesting - you're either going to see more honesty or more [male] celebrities withdrawing and not doing press at all", he said. "Unfortunately that leaves me at home later at night hating myself". He made the audience in NY see how a powerful man faces questions about such allegations, live.

Despite other members of the panel, and a few members of the audience asking Oliver to "move on" from the conversation.

The actor asked why the questioner wouldn't hear his side. You have indicted me...

"I'm glad [I wasn't]", the host replied.


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